Who would have expected April to go this well? I know I didn’t, not with trips to Stoke, Watfod and Hull on the horizon. We started the month by beating Stoke, and after our solitary home game we have continued by beating Watford 2-0 at Vicarage Road yesterday.
Anyone who wasn’t there had the opportunity to see the action as the game was the featured match on The Championship this morning. Late goals from Paul Ifill and Victor Moses provided our margin of victory, leaving Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd to complain that his team “should have won 4-0.” Rrrrright.
Meanwhile Neil Warnock could only comment on how far the team has come since he took over. “I couldn’t see us scoring a goal never mind getting a win. We were in the mire but we have changed attitudes and gone on this run.” I find the reference to attitudes interesting as it is largely the same players we had prior to his arrival who have been on the pitch during the turnaround.
Watford 0-2 Crystal Palace [BBC Sport]
Two goals from Watford’s Danny Shittu meant that once again we’ve been turfed out of the F.A. Cup at the third round stage. There were five changes to the team which drew with Norwich on New Year’s Day, including Scott Flinders replacing Julian Speroni in goal (always a white flag in my opinion – when was the last time he was on the winning side for Palace? Has it ever happened for that matter?).
Hopefully at the moment Neil Warnock is concentrating on the league to ensure we are relatively comfortable by season’s end, but I’m hopeful that we’ll see the signs of a cup run at some point in the next few years. Warnock has had some success in the cups in the past, and it would be a welcome change from what we’ve seen in the past few years.
Watford 2-0 Crystal Palace [BBC Sport]
It was another night where it looked like we would have a difficult job to get a positive result, and so it proved as league leaders Watford ran out 2-0 winners. It was depressingly familiar to the play-off defeat of eighteen months ago (Marlon King scores, check, we don’t, check, all to easy for Watford, check). Not an enjoyable night’s viewing.
The match will remain notable though for the debut of youngster John Bostock, who is still just 15 years old, making him the youngest player to ever appear in a Palace shirt. He was brought on with eighteen minutes still to go with Watford already two ahead, so it seems a bit gimmicky to me (especially with the Sky cameras on hand). Hopefully though it is the start of a long and successful career at Selhurst Park for Bostock.
(At least we’re not talking about how we’re still in the bottom three. D’oh!)
Crystal Palace 0-2 Watford [BBC Sport]